CIFF: Of Two Minds about . . .

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Suppose you’re 11 years old and you find out that the man who raised you is not your “real” father. What feelings emerge? Surprise, anger, confusion? For Kattaka, it’s a terrible shock—enough to make her storm out of the room, slam the door, and wish her parents were dead. In “Winter’s Daughter,” Kattaka learns that […]

From the Sublime to . . .

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I began the second day with two friends and “Corpo Celeste”—a coming-of-age story set in Calabria, Italy. Marta is the 13-year-old protagonist, who has just moved to town with her overworked mother and her mostly critical older sister. Shy Marta is sent to catechism class to make friends. She doesn’t. Instead, Marta questions the hypocrisy […]

Favorite Film So Far: Caris’ Peace

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Favorite So Far—Caris’ Peace What an amazing day it was! I began my journey in Bavaria where times are tough. The glassworks, which had been the town’s major source of employment, has closed. Maria, Lena, and Waltraud, unable to repay their bank loan, are about to lose their small grocery store. But Maria stumbles on […]

What’s a Film Forum?

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I had the most interesting morning. Dan Moulthrop, co-host of Civic Commons Radio (yes, we are related), invited me to sit in on the taping of next Tuesday’s show, in the recording studio at John Carroll University. The topic: the FilmForums for the 36th Cleveland International Film Festival Dan had also invited Bill Guentzler, CIFF’s […]

Stars & Stripes Forever – or at least a really really long time

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At the Cleveland Heights High School Instrumental Music Department fall concert on Nov. 13, current students were joined on stage by alumni who had gathered for a reunion from the era of Music Director John Farinacci (1949-’62). The grand finale was John Phillip Sousa’s Stars & Stripes Forever, performed the way Farinacci always did it. […]

A little this and that from around the Heights

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Some thoughts about recent goings on around town: Improved parking Cumberland’s improved parking lot has been completed in time for the summer swim season. The $200,000+ project was funded from an Ohio EPA grant to improve quality of rainwater runoff into adjacent Dugway Brook. The project included greenspace medians in the lot, to filter dirt […]

Books: Les Roberts’ The Cleveland Creep

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Mystery writer Les Roberts, a Chicago native, lived in Cleveland Heights for almost 20 years after a long career as a Hollywood television writer and producer. His newest novel, The Cleveland Creep (hardcover / $24.95 / 264 pages) is #15 in a series featuring fictional Slovenian American private investigator Milan Jacovich (pronounced MY-lan YOCK-ovich), a […]